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On Ohio parents’ Christmas wish list: Diapers for five

The Spicocchi quintuplets — from left, Ilah, Paige, Enzo, Ellie, and Gia — spent their first Christmas at home yesterday in Massillon, Ohio. The babies were born Aug. 3, about 14 weeks early, with each weighing less than 2 pounds. The Spicocchi quintuplets — from left, Ilah, Paige, Enzo, Ellie, and Gia — spent their first Christmas at home yesterday in Massillon, Ohio. The babies were born Aug. 3, about 14 weeks early, with each weighing less than 2 pounds. (Karen Schiely/ Akron Beacon Journal via Associated Press)
Associated Press / December 26, 2010

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A Massillon, Ohio, family was hoping to find diapers under the Christmas tree now that all five of their quintuplets are home from the hospital.

The infants were born Aug. 3, about 14 weeks early, to Amie and Vince Spicocchi.

The quintuplets were cared for at Akron Children’s Hospital in their first months. The youngest, Gia, made it home first, on Nov.10. The only boy in the group, Enzo, went home three weeks later.

Amie Spicocchi said each baby weighed less than 2 pounds at birth. All now weigh more than 9 pounds.

Vince Spicocchi said he and his wife, with help from family and friends, go through 35 bottles over seven feedings each day, and that “whoever is the loudest gets fed first.’’

The Spicocchis also use 45 to 50 disposable diapers each day. And mom said: “Santa’s bringing diapers.’’

The Spicocchis also are parents to a 14-year-old daughter and a 4-year-old son. They used follicle stimulating hormones during their attempt to have a third child, which their doctor said rarely causes large pregnancies. But in March, they were told to expect five babies.

In Utah, Santa Claus takes wild ride in hot air balloon
If only Santa Claus was as good with hot air balloons as with reindeer sleighs.

A man in a Santa outfit took a wild ride through the Utah skies on Christmas Eve when his balloon took off without a pilot.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Santa was tossing candy to children from the balloon during an elementary school fund-raiser in Midvale, Utah, when the craft landed too hard and the pilot tumbled out.

That left Santa alone and the lighter balloon shot back into the air. Police Sergeant Torin Chambers says Santa traveled 1.7 miles across Midvale before the craft lost enough air to come down.

A crowd at the school tailed the balloon through town and helped hold it down once it landed.

Chambers said neither Santa nor the pilot was hurt. “Santa’s fine and everything’s good.’’

19 surfing Santas spread holiday cheer on Fla. beach
Nineteen surfing Santas brought some cheer to beachgoers as they hit the waves in Cocoa Beach on Florida’s Space Coast.

Water temperatures were in the 60s when the group gathered with their boards Christmas Eve, but they were undeterred. They wore red suits and beards. One surfer had a board covered in wrapping paper. Another donned a life preserver — for safety, sure, but also for a nice Santa belly. There was even a Mrs. Claus among the lot.

It’s the second year surfer George Trosset has held the event. The Rockledge, Fla., resident is hoping to persuade the Guinness World Records to create a category for “Santa surfing.’’

In Europe, snow delays many travelers for holidays
Storms in Europe kept many from reaching their loved ones in time for the holidays, but there were some bright spots.

Unusually large amounts of snow in some Western European cities caused sweeping shutdowns and delays last week. Airports in London and Paris, not as accustomed to flying planes in below-freezing temperatures, struggled to keep up with the snow.

But in Paris and Brussels, hundreds of airline travelers received a welcome present on Christmas Day: a flight out after spending Christmas Eve curled up on hard terminal floors.

Elsewhere, some Europeans thought the snowy weather was just perfect.

In Germany, the Berlin Seals swimming club enjoyed a suitably wintry backdrop for its annual Christmas dip at the part-frozen Orankesee lake in the German capital. Many of the swimmers turned out in red Santa Claus hats and one was outfitted as Neptune.

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